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Life in High Arctic Ice-Sealed Lakes
March 20, 2015

Under the ice-sealed lakes of the polar desert in the Canadian High Arctic, an unexpected diversity of life flourishes. New technologies such as GoPro video cameras and high-throughput DNA analyses reveal the presence of micro-organisms and life forms, some of which are so small they cannot be observed under powerful microscopes. Eventhough some lakes have been sealed by ice for millennia, these discoveries prove that life persists, and even thrives, in these seemingly hostile environments. The research of CEN’s scientific director, Warwick Vincent, on Ward Hunt Island is the subject of a recent post on the Polar blog.


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